Score: Franklin 2 | Anderson 1 (OT)
Records: Franklin 2-15 (1-8 HCAC) | Anderson 9-9-1 (4-5 HCAC)
Location: Faught Stadium | Franklin, Ind.
FRANKLIN – In their final match of the 2017 season, the Franklin College men's soccer team left it all on the field on Saturday night against Anderson University. For one member of the Grizzlies playing in his final career match, he ended his playing career with a memory that will last a lifetime.
Senior midfielder Mason Krupa scored on a penalty kick 42 seconds into overtime, capping a wild comeback that gave Franklin a 2-1 win over the Ravens.
Mason May potted the game-tying goal with just under 10 minutes to go in regulation, helping Franklin snap an eight-game slide and give seniors Krupa, Garrett Belden and Ben Tierney the chance to end their playing careers on a high note.
The Grizzlies fell behind in the 13th minute, when Brian Stout stuck home the rebound off a Jacob Pokorski penalty kick to make it 1-0. The Ravens had a pair of chances to double their lead shortly after the opening marker, but Belden held down the fort with two critical saves.
Franklin's best look at an equalizer came with less than three minutes to go in the first half, but Jacob Thompson's attempt was turned aside by Anderson goalkeeper Brandon Weer.
Scoring chances were at a premium at the start of the second half. The Ravens had another golden chance to double their lead in the 75th minute, but once again Belden came up large with another stop on Pokorski.
With time winding down in the match, the Grizzlies' hard work paid off, resulting in the tying goal. Weer went out to grab a crossing feed, but he bobbled the ball and it fell right on May's right foot. The sophomore striker had an easy tap-in that he made no mistake with, evening things up in the 82nd minute.
Krupa nearly ended the game right before the final horn, but his shot from the left wing was denied by Weer at the horn.
Just 42 seconds into the extra frame, May was hauled down in Anderson 18-yard box, giving the Grizzlies a penalty kick attempt. With the game on the line, the Grizzlies deferred to their all-conference senior midfielder to take the kick. Krupa made no mistake on his shot, hammering the ball into the top part of the net, triggering a wild celebration from the FC bench and the fans in the stands.
Shot attempts were 12-8 in favor of the Grizzlies on Saturday night. Krupa led all players with three attempts and tied with Tyler Majeski for most shots on goal with two. In goal, Belden finished with four saves on the night while Weer made five stops at the other end.